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The Groupies

I’m in London and have been so busy with all that London has to offer (as well as helping my boyfriend set up his new flat), that I haven’t had time to post.

Last Thursday, I attended the private view of “The Groupies,” an exhibition of photos by Baron Wolman. When photographing rock stars in the late 1960s, Wolman was struck by the effort some of the women who hung around backstage put into their look. So, he photographed these women and they were featured in the February 1969 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. As far as fashion, the photos showed the ‘groupies and other women’ sporting painted-on eyelashes, boas and vintage dresses.

Sally Mann, © Baron Wolman

Lacy, © Baron Wolman 

The GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously – a group organized by Frank Zappa), © Baron Wolman

 I was able to meet Baron, he’s a genial guy and he seemed pleased when I mentioned reading every issue of his magazine, Rags.

Mid 1960s mini-dress and 1970s moon face pendant, both owned for decades. Red, yellow and blue bead necklace, Boomerang, $2. Vintage Italian magazine scarf, Goodwill, $2. Late 1960s velvet bag from Pakistan, eBay. Restricted Barricade boot, Berk’s Shoes, discounted. I wore the vintage ‘arts & culture’ dress and got several compliments on it (oddly, all from men). 1970s velvet cape, Goodwill. $10.00.The photograph of Karen wearing a vintage 1930s dress that was used on the February 1969 issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

After the exhibition A. and I went to the London Vegan Drinks event at Tibits, a restaurant with an amazing vegetarian and vegan buffet. It is such a pleasure to be given so many choices, including for dessert (their sticky toffee cake is particularly yummy). And with nearly 100 in attendance, there were lots of great folks to chat with.

Given the number of compliments I received on my dress and cape, I'm linking up to the other visible women on Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday.

Reader Comments (6)

Very groovy ensemble - perfect for the event. I take it you'll be visiting London on a regular basis now? Cool.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpao

I just love the styles in the Groupie photos - so bold and self-aware. And your own look is fabulous, that's a smashing cape! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

Your posts are always so interesting. I just finished a book about the rock and roll scene in the 60's and 70's called Laurel Canyon by Michael Walker. You'd most likely enjoy it if you haven't yet read it. I loved the chapter most about Frank Zappa and his extremely creative lifestyle. You'd love the art on the cover too.
Your dress is extremely creative itself. I love it! Looks like you're having a wonderful time. You and your boyfriend are going to have a long distance romance now?

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Those women were so beautiful! I am glad to hear you enjoyed the exhibition, and that you were complimented, as you should have been, on your fabulous dress! The cape is pretty amazing too. xxx

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

That exhibition looks and sounds amazing. Were women far more beautiful back then or is it just me?
I absolutely love that newspaper print dress and cape combo. I'd have been complimenting you even if I didn't know you from Adam! xx

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

You must be having so much fun!! It sure looks like it, and you look gorgeous as you doing it. The dress is outstanding, as is the cape. I love all the vintage photos, too. ENJOY!!

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJean at Dross into Gold

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